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Germany's magical Christmas markets with Aled Jones
World-famous singer Aled Jones will perform a private concert in Cologne's stunning Trinitatiskirche. Everyone who books will also receive a complimentary CD signed by the popular presenter. 'There are few places more magical than Cologne at Christmas,' says Aled. 'I'm thrilled to be joining you at such a special time of year for what promises to be a cracking start to the festivities. Who knows, I might even sing Walking In The Air!'
GREAT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
You'll have plenty of time to explore Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Bonn on your journey from Mainz to Cologne, where you'll find quaint festive markets brimming with unique Christmas presents and handmade decorations. In Rüdesheim, there's an optional excursion† to the fascinating Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried, too.
Set beside the city's magnificent Gothic cathedral, Cologne's main Christmas market is full of festive fun. There are smaller markets to discover, too, such as Cologne Harbour's stalls overlooking the Rhine river. It's a spectacular place to explore before your evening concert with Aled Jones.
SAIL ON MS SERENITY
This four-star ship is one of The River Cruise Line's flagship vessels - featuring an elegant bar, excellent restaurant and comfortable accommodation. All cabins feature air conditioning, private en-suite bathrooms and windows for enjoying those river views. All of your meals are included in the price of this cruise. There's no need to lift a finger - which makes a refreshing change at Christmas!
Reasons to book
Great Christmas shopping
Sail on MS Serenity
- Enjoy an exclusive Aled Jones concert in Cologne.
- Take home an Aled Jones CD (one per booking), which will be signed by the world-famous singer.
- Stay for four nights on a full-board basis on the luxurious MS Serenity.
- Go on five included visits to Mainz, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Bonn and Cologne.
Day1Arrive in MainzMainz, Germany
Welcome to Germany! You'll start your journey in the quaint town of Mainz, known for its medieval markets and half-timbered houses. After settling into your cabin you'll enjoy a relaxing evening on the ship.
Day2Voyage to RüdesheimRudesheim, Germany
After a delicious breakfast onboard you'll have a free morning to explore pretty Mainz. With over 2,000 years of history, the city is full of interesting buildings, ancient cathedrals and museums. Over lunch you'll sail towards Rüdesheim, which is located in the wine-making region of the Rhone. Here you'll have your first taste of German Christmas market.
Day3Arrive in KoblenzKoblenz am Rhein, Germany
You'll set off for Koblenz early this morning, an ancient city at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. It's a spectacular journey today as you'll cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and past the famous Lorelei rock. This afternoon you'll have free time to explore the Koblenz Christmas Market, which boasts over 130 festive stalls.
Day4Christmas concert in CologneCologne, Germany
Today will involve a quick stop in beautiful Bonn, before cruising onto Cologne. Cologne's main Christmas market is one of the most famous in the world and is a hive of festive activity. Spend time perusing the stalls - or if you're looking for a smaller affair head to the Harbour Christmas markets held on the Rhine. The main event this evening is an exclusive concert by Aled Jones, which will take place at the spectacular Trinitatiskirche. Aled will also be on hand to sign CDs and will give a short talk about his fascinating life and career.
Day5Time to go homeCologne, Germany
It's time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers as you transfer from the ship for your journey home.
This four-star river cruise ship offers guests space, style and outstanding service
With her sleek design and claret-and-cream exterior, MS Serenity is a stylish ship - and she has fantastic cabins and facilities too.
On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drinks reception, after which you can make yourself at home. The cabins are what make this ship stand out: it's a lovely place to start each day, in your own private space with beautiful views of the river.
The panoramic restaurant ensures you miss none of the scenery during breakfast, lunch and dinner - all of which are freshly prepared by the onboard chefs. After a day of exploring, take a seat on the terrace of the Lido bar, or head up to the deck for a game of giant chess before enjoying your dinner and the evening's entertainment.
When you retire to your cabin, take a look at the daily programme to find out what the following day will bring...
- Lounge bar with panoramic windows
- Lido bar with outdoor terrace
- Restaurant with panoramic windows
- Sun deck with loungers and awnings
- Air conditioned cabins
- Lift serving all areas (except Sun deck)
Panorama deck cabins: These cabins are of the highest standard. They are on the upper deck and have an en suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, twin beds, satellite TV, radio, safe and hairdryer. There's plenty of storage space and they have excellent views of the river with a french balcony.
Middle deck cabins: These cabins are on the middle deck and are the same size and layout as the panorama deck cabins. They have an en suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, twin beds, satellite TV, radio, safe, hairdryer and large sliding windows for you to enjoy the passing scenery.
Main deck cabins: These cabins are on the lower deck and are the same size and layout as the panorama deck cabins, with the same facilities. The only difference is the outside view, which is via two small windows.